Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Course Descriptions

Criminal Justice: Forensic Science

Criminal Justice I:
Criminal Justice I is the first level of study of criminal justice careers, prepares students for work-related knowledge and skills for advancement into the second level of criminal justice careers. Course content focuses on areas comprised of planning, managing, and providing judicial, legal, and protective services. The course is an overview of the legal justice system and builds a better understanding of the development of laws on state, federal, and international levels. New technology and career opportunities in criminal justice are an integral part of the course content. Based on the content of the course, the student will test for certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Criminal Justice II:
Criminal Justice II will offer an in-depth study of criminal justice careers in which current criminal justice careers issues will be discussed and debated. Local, state, federal, and international laws will be analyzed. Subject matter will include a comparison of the criminal justice careers in the United States with other countries. Students will have opportunities to participate in mock trials and field trips with criminal justice careers emphasis. Course content will introduce new technology, effects of forensic analysis, and career opportunities. The course content will include information for planning, managing, and providing judicial, criminal justices.

Criminal Justice III
- Forensic Science Investigations: Criminal Justice III – Forensic Science Investigations will provide students with an opportunity to explore the basic processes and principles of forensic science as it relates to criminal investigation. Students will learn the importance of the identification, collection, and processing of evidence and of its contribution to the criminal investigation. Students will learn of the legal responsibilities and challenges which the forensic investigator may encounter from initial response to the court room.

Principles of Law
Prepares students to pursue careers in the fields of law enforcement, legal services, corrections, and security. Summarize laws that govern the application of justice and draw key connections between the history of the criminal justice system and the modern legal system. Model the professional, moral, and ethical standards required of professionals in the fields of law, legal services, corrections, and security.